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Offline jennsch

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food markets/shops
« on: December 10, 2007, 10:00:27 AM »
A year or so ago I started a thread on Chowhound about markets in Jackson Heights. You can see it here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/359692. Now that JH Life is going strong, I would love to continue the conversation here. So...what are your favorite food markets and shops in (and around) the neighborhood?

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2007, 10:26:53 AM »
Wow!   Great thread.   Lots of great information to read through.

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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2007, 11:09:45 AM »
Great link.  Thanks.

I go to Trade Fair because it's closest to me.  I make sure to tip the baggers in their tip jar.

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2007, 11:15:26 AM »
I am all about Papa's Empanadas on Northern Blvd., b/w 84th and 85th Sts.

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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2007, 04:31:40 PM »
Trade Fair has a very impressive selection of olive oils - not only the front display as you enter, but each ethnic aisle seems to have even more bottles.

They also carry good, organic produce towards the back - mache, arugula, etc.

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2007, 04:42:34 PM »
I like Trade Fair, but it's just too crowded for me.  So cramped.  It's like trying to do your grocery shopping on a crowded subway.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2007, 04:45:56 PM »
I agree- Trade Fair gets really crowded and tight.  It's impossible to maneuver with all the people/carts blocking the aisles.

I do it about once a week, but i can't say i look forward to it.

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2007, 05:27:32 PM »
To be honest, I don't do well in supermarkets normally, but I almost went postal in Trade Fair the other night... trying to find anything or get around drove me over the edge.  Not to mention the crumudgeonly deli counter guy barking at me.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2007, 08:56:41 PM »
Fresh Direct, first and foremost.

The Argentinian Butcher next to La Boina Roja
Chongap Market
Trade Fair
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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2007, 10:11:24 PM »
One great thing about this neighborhood is the seemingly endless supply of places to try buying food and groceries.  Since this topic is way too big for me to think about, I am just going to start with one category: fruit and vegetables.

I am increasingly pretty happy with the fruit and vegetables I get from the Met.  Not so happy at Trade Fair, and I don't seem to enjoy shopping for produce at Patel Bros or Apna.  I frequently go to Fruitel Farm on 78th but I am not always that pleased with the quality.  The other fruit store a few doors down closer to Met seems to be approximately the same.

Further down towards where I live (80's) occasionally I see what look like some really good deals on fresh things from I believe it's called Kim's around 80th St.  It's a tight squeeze, but when things look good from first glance, it seems worthwhile to get things there.  Also there's a high turnover which is always good for produce.  Further along 37th, the quality diminishes with the next place - don't know the name of it (could be around 81st) but it has high wooden shelves in the back with other cookies and cereal, etc.  And the quality sinks miserably low as you get to the fruit place between 84th and 85th.

One time I got the crispiest grapes ever at the Korean-owned convenience store on Roosevelt and I think 85th or maybe it's 84th (it's where the triangle of streets comes together).  Another time I went back and the fruit looked as droopy as ever.

In terms of the Asian places, I like Chonghap fairly well (though it has an odd smell. . .) and the produce is pretty good there.  I never go to the Pacific Market any more after having bought some chicken there that smelled bad when I got home.  And I don't remember the produce being too interesting or fresh looking.

Living in the 80's, I am almost as close to the Hong Kong Market in Elmhurst as I am to Chonghap, so sometimes I walk (15 minutes) there.  They don't have the highest quailty fruit in the world, but the vegetables were extremely fresh.

And one time I took a trip over to Astoria after reading Astorians and chowhound to see where to get good produce, and I bought a head of lettuce that was  still crispy after a few weeks - maybe a month (clearly I'm not eating enough salad if the lettuce lasted me a month).  I think that place was Elliniki or it was the place nearby to that one.

And oddly enough, after swearing I would never ever buy produce again from a Trader Joes after the one i went to in Massachusetts kept selling me produce that was close to expired, I have found that the produce at the TJs in Queens is actually pretty good. 

I've gone far and wide in search of good and reasonably priced groceries (the organic place in Forest Hills, the Stop and Shop on Northern, Waldbaums in the 70ths in East Elmhurst, Western Beef and  Pathmark in Astoria/LIC. . .but this post seems long enough).

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2007, 10:32:31 PM »
I bought some amazing raspberries tonight at Kim's Brother for $2.  I was wishing I had bought a plain Yogurberry frozen yogurt to go with them. . .

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2007, 04:01:50 PM »
I am increasingly pretty happy with the fruit and vegetables I get from the Met.  Not so happy at Trade Fair, and I don't seem to enjoy shopping for produce at Patel Bros or Apna.  I frequently go to Fruitel Farm on 78th but I am not always that pleased with the quality.  The other fruit store a few doors down closer to Met seems to be approximately the same.

Pretty much word for word what I would have written!  The only thing I'd add is being disappointed with the produce at our greenmarket this summer (my first in JH) - not just the variety but the quality - consistently disappointing.  After a summer of shlepping to Union Square, I'm almost positive I'll join FarmSpot next year.  But, for supermarket produce, I've been very happy with the Met and often with Fruitel or the fruit store across from the Met; just wish there was an option closer to me in the 80s.  You know who has gross produce?  The Waldbaum's on 31st ave in the high 70s.  Nice to occasionally do the suburban thing and park and hit the post office and other stores in the shopping center, but it's more expensive than the Met for almost everything it seems and never has decent produce.

The chowhound thread is great - discovered SeaTide on that that thread which I never would have otherwise.  And I like Don Francisco for meat although I occasionally get stymied by a language barrier there.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2007, 06:16:15 PM »
Met Foods continues to up their game -- they've been adding new products all over the place -- they just added three different lines of Greek yogurt, leaving Trade Fair behind (though I love the guy who runs the dairy aisle at Trade Fair -- he's such a nice guy). And they've improved the meat dept again. It's still not the best supermarket in the world but it's improved quite a bit from what it offered three years ago.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2007, 05:21:02 PM »
Where is Sea Tide?

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2007, 07:57:05 PM »
Seatide
9531 Roosevelt Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

(718) 426-7786

It's near the corner of Roosevelt and a small street called Warren St. - almost to Junction Blvd.

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Re: food markets/shops
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2007, 07:57:05 PM »